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by lazydavid
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stereo receiver amp without aux plug or bluetooth ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1357

Re: Stereo receiver amp without aux plug or bluetooth ?

Follow up: Chromecast did not work. Chromecast requires a Wifi network. Actually, the app that is required to be installed on the phone called the "setup" procedure requires a Wifi network. And IF your phone is your Wifi network, such as it is used as a hotspot, and the "setup" app wants to use the...
by lazydavid
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there any info on old sim cards?
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: Is there any info on old sim cards?

There are not photos. The maximum capacity of a SIM card per the spec is 256kB. In practice, I've never seen one that's larger than 64kB, and ones as old as you have might be as small as 8kB.
by lazydavid
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there any info on old sim cards?
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: Is there any info on old sim cards?

I would (and have) just thrown them away. But if you're worried at all, go ahead and destroy them.
by lazydavid
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

Doesn't sound like you'll have time to do anything in the city, so I wouldn't bother staying there. Sunday morning traffic should be fairly light (unless you run into construction) so I'd probably stop in Marietta. It has a nice little square with good restaurants and is right off 75. FYI, the driv...
by lazydavid
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

Fly Allegiant out of Indianapolis. They go to Ft Lauderdale and its cheap. I understand your tall, but is a 2 hour flight better than 20 hours of driving? I'm going to say no, this particular 2.5 hour flight is not better than 20 hours of driving. Because in reality, it's a 4 hr drive to the airpor...
by lazydavid
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

That's weird because I'm in the north Indy burbs and it's only 20 miles longer. At 60 miles I wouldn't do it unless I knew there was ongoing construction. FWIW Spring Break for most of Indiana (and seemingly Michigan based on traffic) is last weekend in March into April. If you're the week prior yo...
by lazydavid
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your single most expensive mistake?
Replies: 205
Views: 13190

Re: What is your single most expensive mistake?

Bought our first house in 2004 for $270k, which was full ask. Put $50k or so into it while we lived there (windows, siding, doors, HVAC, bathroom remodels, patio, sidewalks, and driveway), sold it in 2013 for $224k, which turned out to be $198k after FHA nonsense and closing costs. For the nearly $2...
by lazydavid
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Patio furniture covers
Replies: 8
Views: 652

Re: Patio furniture covers

I've been looking at these to replace our crappy cheap ones: https://www.hammacher.com/product/bette ... ure-covers

But the ones BobTexas posted look really nice, so I'm going to investigate those also.
by lazydavid
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fixing diamond ring
Replies: 19
Views: 1313

Re: Fixing diamond ring

Let this be a lesson to you and wife. Diamond rings should be professionally inspected and cleaned at least once a year. Dunking them in the stuff you buy at the drugstore is no substitute for a professional cleaning (they use a special type of ultrasonic machine) These machines are not terribly ex...
by lazydavid
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help
Replies: 80
Views: 2977

Re: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help

Buy out BMW Pay estimated 12K (or more) in upkeep (yearly oil, new sets of tires, new brakes, new plugs) Buy new car (like a reliable Honda Civic) Pay estimated 3K in maintenance I think that is too extreme of a difference, having owned a number of BMW's in the past. Maintenance costs aren't really...
by lazydavid
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

$500 apiece for coach should tell you something. Lots of people heading to Florida. Those are not typical coach fares. Spring Break? That will have an effect on traffic. From my experience, heading down isn't bad. Coming back, even on a Saturday, is a solid line of traffic typically maintaining 65-...
by lazydavid
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Refund
Replies: 19
Views: 2287

Re: Tesla Refund

BoglePaul wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:22 am
They said the unfortunately the PayPal API is not working for the them so they have to mail him a check (he paid via PayPal so no CC chargeback possible).
The irony is thick with this one.....

You would think Musk would still have some pull over there.
by lazydavid
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this a potentially dangerous electrical issue that needs to be addressed?
Replies: 19
Views: 2017

Re: Is this a potentially dangerous electrical issue that needs to be addressed?

What are you suggesting the electrical tape for? The outlet should be wired directly or pigtails connected with wire nuts. Side-wire terminals are screws, that are exposed and hot. As an extra layer of insurance, I always wrap the recessed portion of the outlet with electrical tape to cover these t...
by lazydavid
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this a potentially dangerous electrical issue that needs to be addressed?
Replies: 19
Views: 2017

Re: Is this a potentially dangerous electrical issue that needs to be addressed?

Agree that this is an easy and cheap fix. 15-amp duplex outlets cost 48 cents at my local hardware store, and the circuit tester that gd recommended is another $3.49 cents. Add in a roll of electrical tape if you don't have one already and you're at right around $6. Turn the circuit off at the panel...
by lazydavid
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

It would add an extra night in a hotel but I would look at leaving after work on Friday evening to get three or four hours outside of Chicago to make the other two days driving easier. If you have jobs were you can leave mid afternoon on Friday that would even be better. We'll definitely consider t...
by lazydavid
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

Silk McCue wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:01 pm
Those were the sort of unknown “logistics” I was loosely referring to.

Cheers
No worries!
by lazydavid
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

I don’t know all of your logistics but if it were me and my wife I would be looking for the cheapest non stop from Chicago to anywhere within a nominal drive of Pompano (I say that in case the airfares are significantly different close to Pompano - Orlando is a 3 hour drive away) and rent a car wit...
by lazydavid
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

Next year trip on a weekend night in Atlanta - You should be ok unless you are doing the drive during superbowl weekend (it is in atlanta). No, it'll be towards the end of March, so 1.5 months after the SB? On the way back try to avoid driving from Florida to Atlanta on a Sunday. That is usually a ...
by lazydavid
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

So I laid this out on Google Maps (which presumably is not taking traffic/construction into account), and based on the following assumptions: Leave at 4am, drive for 3 hours before breakfast 1 hour for breakfast, 35 minutes for lunch Drive in 2 hour segments other than the first, 10-15 minute stop i...
by lazydavid
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

Silk McCue wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:15 am
Use the Waze App for the whole trip. It does an excellent job of giving you a heads up on problems and suggesting alternate routes.
For sure. The wife's new car has Android Auto (a baseline requirement when we were shopping), so it will be Waze for the entire trip.
by lazydavid
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

If 4-7 is bad even on Saturday, would we better off stopping for dinner north of the city (Kennesaw, for example), and then driving through to Macon afterwards? Or staying north and leaving super-early Sunday morning?
by lazydavid
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

Rupert wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:06 am
I would not stop in Atlanta or in the Atlanta suburbs. In fact, I'd do my best to avoid driving through Atlanta at certain times of day (e.g., 4-7 p.m.).
I know traffic is bad during the week, but we would be arriving on Saturday and departing very early Sunday morning. Is that still a problem?
by lazydavid
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1501

Overnight near Atlanta?

We're planning a trip next year, driving from the Chicago suburbs to south Florida, and it looks like somewhere around Atlanta would be good place to stop the first day (we want the second day to be shorter). Can anyone recommend a good area? Definitely does not need to be in the city, as we'll only...
by lazydavid
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is your iPad Pro enough on the road?
Replies: 11
Views: 1166

Re: Is your iPad Pro enough on the road?

If I'm just travelling for a couple of days for training or meetings--where I'm expecting to do primarily email/web and perhaps some very light office app stuff--I will sometimes take just my iPad Pro 10.5 in its keyboard case. If I'm going to work on a project, the laptop has to go. Most of the tim...
by lazydavid
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iphone xs--buy it sim free vs. on a network
Replies: 12
Views: 1244

Re: iphone xs--buy it sim free vs. on a network

Will the sim-free version not cover any of the bands/frequencies/networks that would come on the AT&T version? From my reading of the specs, the answer is no. https://www.apple.com/iphone-xs/specs/ Use of a double-negative here makes it really difficult to be sure of what you were trying to say. Bu...
by lazydavid
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Music
Replies: 12
Views: 793

Re: Portable Music

Where DAPs really stand out from smartphones is in the high-end audiophile market segment. High-resolution audio, lossless music formats like FLAC, sound better on high-end DAPs, since they are engineered to have higher quality audio reproduction than mass-market smartphones and low-end DAPs. Plus ...
by lazydavid
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Developer Laptop
Replies: 26
Views: 1659

Re: Developer Laptop

I issue my developers the Dell Precision 7530 Mobile Worstation (and the 7520 before it). Our configuration is a Xeon E3 processor (forget the clock), 32GB of ECC (fills 2/4 slots, so we can go to 64GB easily), 4GB Nvidia card, and a 512GB SSD. None of our devs work with massive datasets locally, bu...
by lazydavid
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!
Replies: 93
Views: 4117

Re: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!

I had a tree pro remove a dying tree for me. He recommended that we did not grind the stump or else the ground might sink. So we left the stump. I have had to have all kinds of drains installed and the ground sank. I'm still dealing with that. If the tree was large enough, the ground will sink some...
by lazydavid
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iphone xs--buy it sim free vs. on a network
Replies: 12
Views: 1244

Re: iphone xs--buy it sim free vs. on a network

What about waiting for an AT&T NEXT deal, then pay it off after two months of payments, then call to unlock? You'd be out the $40 activation fee, but probably save a bunch when a deal pops up. Most of these deals will be BOGO, and they'll have some catches: 1. Must open a new line of service 2. The...
by lazydavid
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Music
Replies: 12
Views: 793

Re: Portable Music

Of course they still exist....they're called smartphones! If I wanted a dedicated portable player for stored music, I'd buy an older Android phone, not activate it, and throw an SD card in it. But since I need a phone anyway.....

iPods are still around too, though not available new.
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stereo receiver amp without aux plug or bluetooth ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1357

Re: Stereo receiver amp without aux plug or bluetooth ?

Thanks - and yes multiple hdmi "INPUTS" not outlets are on the receiver/amp. And it appears that there is an option to use an RCA audio input. So. . .an adapter is it? I can go with that and will start searching. Its a Yamaha RX-V371 Perfect. The cheapest way is to get a 3.5mm to RCA Y-Cable. Like ...
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: O% APR for new iPhone Xs / is there a catch?
Replies: 8
Views: 737

Re: O% APR for new iPhone Xs / is there a catch?

The cost for Applecare protection (an additional $199) is also added to total amount financed and can't be removed. Applecare isn't terrible as far as warranties go but you cannot avoid if you want to finance through Apple. I'm pretty sure that's only on the "iPhone Upgrade Program", where you can ...
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!
Replies: 93
Views: 4117

Re: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!

Nice! I've only had kickback from cutting larger limbs too. At the same time, I imagine even the smaller pole saws could handle whatever a pistol grip reciprocating saw can. Agreed. But I use mine for tons of stuff aside from pruning high branches. A pole saw doesn't work great for removing a brake...
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: O% APR for new iPhone Xs / is there a catch?
Replies: 8
Views: 737

Re: O% APR for new iPhone Xs / is there a catch?

No. Every carrier and all the major phone manufacturers offer this. I've done it on five Samsungs and an LG at this point, personally; And probably 5 or 6 dozen devices for my company. You pay the tax up front in cash, and then they just divide the total cost by 24 or however many months there are i...
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!
Replies: 93
Views: 4117

Re: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!

I recommend against a reciprocating saw unless you're also on the ground because the blade can bind a lot easier than a chainsaw or pole saw blade would and may throw you off balance. This is not an issue for the smaller pistol-grip models where the blade faces upwards: https://www.milwaukeetool.co...
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stereo receiver amp without aux plug or bluetooth ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1357

Re: Stereo receiver amp without aux plug or bluetooth ?

Let's get specific. What is the brand and model of the receiver? We can then tell you what kind of cord to plug into which input, and then which button to push to make it active.
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leasing Cars in Retirement
Replies: 82
Views: 5893

Re: Leasing Cars in Retirement

No it depends on the make of the car. BMW currently has 3yr/36k miles covered for standard maintenance, although I heard they will be eliminating this soon. Audi on the other hand requires you to pay extra if you want standard maintenance as part of your lease. This is true, but to add a twist to i...
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Color copier recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 667

Re: Color copier recommendations?

The main differences is that the M577 is a more robust unit with more Business/Enterprise type features. The key one for us is support for smart print (authenticating users based on badge to allow them to access their print jobs), but others include a higher monthly print volume (7500 pages vs. 4000...
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a house 1 mile away from a municipal landfill
Replies: 43
Views: 3353

Re: Buying a house 1 mile away from a municipal landfill

One mile away is too close. Google "High Acres Landfill" in Fairport, NY and check out how this landfill began taking enormous quantities of garbage from New York City and has seen a spike in odor incidents. A bit off topic, but WOW that's a long way to transport garbage. Strange that they'd drag i...
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!
Replies: 93
Views: 4117

Re: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!

OP- Head on over to you tube and watch a few videos on how to run a chain saw. It's not rocket science...Reading all the gloom and doom posts " You're going to cut off a limb" LOL. But even those who advocate that a chainsaw can be used safely (which I agree) also say that it should never be used o...
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Color copier recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 667

Re: Color copier recommendations?

We've replaced everything with HP Laserjet Flow MFPs: https://store.hp.com/us/en/mdp/printers/laserjet-enterprise-flow-multi-function?jumpid=cp_r163_us/en/les/mfp/mfpflow/seeallLJEntflowMFPs#!&tab=vao For 20 users, I'd probably recommend the M577z, or its equivalent in the new E series (we don't hav...
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can only take (1) DSLR lens..which one?
Replies: 27
Views: 671

Re: Can only take (1) DSLR lens..which one?

When I'm travelling light, I always bring a "do it all" zoom lens. For me that's an 18-200 with vibration reduction. I only use my primes (50/1.8, 105/2.8) when I pack a larger bag or if I'm working out of my full case. Actually the 50 spends almost 100% of its life mounted to my old-school manual f...
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car or used?
Replies: 6
Views: 622

Re: New car or used?

Does this really merit a second thread when we're already discussing this EXACT topic in this thread the OP opened earlier this week?

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=258624
by lazydavid
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $25K car
Replies: 39
Views: 3555

Re: $25K car

What about a 2015 Lexus ES350 for under $25K? It's a solid, reliable choice. Lots of these have gone 300k without major repairs. Very comfortable and quiet, tons of space and at least a 6- or 8-body trunk--it's actually kind of absurd how cavernous it is. If you're looking for a sporty, engaging dr...
by lazydavid
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!
Replies: 93
Views: 4117

Re: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!

If you really want to get a new tool (I've been there), consider a reciprocating saw and use a pruning blade. I've used one to trim fairly large branches, sever roots deep in mud, and for hanging deer disassembly. This. My yard is smaller than OPs, but a 12v cordless "hackzall" with a pruning blade...
by lazydavid
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need burner phone for wife traveling in Italy
Replies: 24
Views: 1861

Re: Need burner phone for wife traveling in Italy

Go to eBay and buy a Blu android for ~$50. Sign in. Swap the SIM card from your good phone to the cheap phone when needed. Search for "Blu android" and you get many new options for $50 (under and over). Blu has been caught multiple times preloading malware on their phones. I would never consider us...
by lazydavid
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 152
Views: 8531

Re: iPhone XS Max

SimonJester wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:29 am
But isnt the Avalon just a Camry with nicer trim?
Nope, it's significantly larger.
by lazydavid
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 152
Views: 8531

Re: iPhone XS Max

How about this one: Isn't the Lexus ES350 just a Toyota Camry with nicer trim? No. Hey, I tried! 8-) There was a time that it would have been a true statement, but that was just about a decade ago at this point. The past two generations have been a Toyota Avalon with nicer trim. :mrgreen:
by lazydavid
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 152
Views: 8531

Re: iPhone XS Max

Leesbro63 wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:51 am
How about this one: Isn't the Lexus ES350 just a Toyota Camry with nicer trim?
No.
by lazydavid
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 401k "advice" to my associates
Replies: 51
Views: 2061

Re: 401k "advice" to my associates

Thanks. I'm not comfortable sharing that participation is "low" as people will then shift their focus to "why". For the rest of your list, I typically make opening comments of the importance of "saving for the future" and then turn it over the HR and the outside investment team that comes to our of...